un·​planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio) \

Definition of unplanned

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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The intimate story of Cleo's relationship to the fracturing family and her unplanned pregnancy plays out against the backdrop of sociopolitical upheaval taking place in Mexico at the time. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Roma Before it Sweeps the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 And while the Internet might have gone crazy for the not-entirely-unplanned Fiji girl, the evening’s winners—Olivia Colman, Roma, Sandra Oh—were (hopefully) an optimistic portend of the types of wins to come this award season. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the Golden Globe Awards—Hollywood’s Liveliest Night of the Year," 8 Jan. 2019 For me, unplanned moments like that are hard to come by. Jamie Friedlander, The Cut, "Mastering the Art of Caring Less," 3 July 2018 State-level experiments have also shown how powerful better access to birth control can be in reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The American abortion rate is at an all-time low," 3 Dec. 2018 This tech is slowly but surely murdering the scourge of the unwanted, unplanned phone call. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, the Robots Are Turning Phone Calls Into Text Chats," 3 Dec. 2018 Grieving, Chely entered a new relationship, but broke things off after an unplanned pregnancy. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 That included adding a new feature to the app that is supposed to alert both passengers and drivers if a car makes an unplanned stop. Jim Mustian, The Seattle Times, "Uber driver charged with kidnapping New York woman," 17 Oct. 2018 Trump aides and outside advisers were generally exasperated by the tweet, describing it in interviews as unplanned. Elise Viebeck, The Seattle Times, "With ‘Horseface,’ Trump initiates another personal attack on a female adversary," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unplanned

: not planned or expected

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